Freeman takes care of business

Qwenton Freeman knew the fit at Washington was perfect for him, but he didn't understand the full extent until just recently. The Pasadena (Calif.) CC cornerback spoke with recently about a number of things, but there was one detail that has him more juiced than ever when thinking about wearing the purple and gold.

"I'm going to be wearing jersey number 10, the same number I wore in Pop Warner," Freeman said. "It was given to me by a special coach. It's great that I got an opportunity to wear that jersey again and I'm just really excited."

With a hectic summer school workload nearly out of the way ("I take one final today and then I take a final on Friday and then I'm done"), Freeman is starting to work on the next phase in his life. "My mom is getting my plane ticket (to Seattle) today and it's either going to be the night of August 5th or the morning of August 6th," he said.

It wasn't a slam dunk that Qwenton was going to make it to Montlake on time, but his resolve in the classroom this summer has paid dividends. He's been so busy that he hasn't even talked to the Washington coaches lately.

"I haven't," he said. "I've been overwhelmed with school and working out. I've been working out with my teammate Dwayne Paulin. He's close to inking a deal with Oregon State. It's 99 percent done.

"I've been working on my feet and my strength. My weight has been going up and down. Some weeks I'm eating well, but other weeks it's down. With money, I'm just like any other college student. My weight has been going up and down, but my strength is still there."

So what is Freeman going to bring to a team fresh off a 1-10 record and a major overhaul in it's coaching staff? "I'm just trying to bring a whole new level of energy," he said. "I can't wait to get together with the guys. The last time I saw them we clicked immediately. I know that once we're in that huddle it's going to be a beautiful thing."

The coaches are well aware of Freeman's abilities, but he also has a brother - Juston - that is currently a recruitable athlete at Antelope Valley JC in the high desert of Lancaster, California. Juston has already gone on the record as saying he would love to join his brother in Seattle. Is Qwenton as sure?

"I'd love for him (Juston) to come to Washington, but Washington was the best fit for me," he said. "I want to make sure he makes the choice that best fits him. I'd love for him to come to Washington if that fits him. I'd love to be in the same huddle with him again."

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